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Consumers who could be affected by the recent data breach reported by Experian and T-Mobile should take fast action to try to minimize the damage, said Attorney General Roy Cooper.

“If your personal information could be part of this data breach, lock down your credit to guard against identity theft and watch out for scammers trying to capitalize on the breach,” Cooper said.

Experian, a credit reporting agency, announced earlier this month that a data breach of one of its servers exposed information about millions of T-Mobile customers. Experian shared that the breach has likely affected more than 15 million consumers nationwide, including 418,325 consumers in North Carolina, who submitted to an Experian credit check while applying for T-Mobile phone service between Sept. 1, 2013, and Sept. 16, 2015. The security breach likely included customers’ names, addresses, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, and driver’s license numbers.


Entegra Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:ENFC) (the "Company"), the parent company of Macon Bank (the "Bank"), today announced that effective Thursday, October 1, 2015, the Bank has officially changed its name to "Entegra Bank".

Commenting on the rebranding, Roger D. Plemens, President and CEO, stated, "This is an exciting day for our customers, employees, friends, and shareholders as we finalize several months of dedication to our rebranding process. The new Entegra Bank name reflects the values of trust and integrity upon which the Bank was founded in 1922 and provides us with a brand that can be utilized in multiple markets as we strategically expand our franchise in the Carolinas."

Jimmy Kimbell, South Carolina Market Executive, stated, "We look forward to introducing our new name in South Carolina with our soon to be completed branch in Greenville and pending branch acquisitions in Anderson and Chesnee. We are confident that the Upstate will recognize Entegra Bank as a customer oriented banking leader."


For the last 15 years Brandon Hintz and his wife Jodi have been vacationing in Macon County and after purchasing a place in Scaly Mountain a year and a half ago, decided to start a business here. With Hintz' experience as a brewer with Sweetwater Brewery in Georgia and after opening a successful brewpub (Hop Alley Brew Pub) in 2013 in Alpharetta, Ga., a business in craft beer seemed like the logical choice.

"Our brewpub in Georgia became a success and I had always wanted to expand into a production brewery at some point," said Hintz. "After discussing different locations we could go to, Franklin was the one spot we kept coming back to both due to the proximity to our place on Scaly as well as the people there. Combine that with the love of craft beer that people have in the western Carolinas coupled with the more attractive beer laws in North Carolina specifically, it was somewhat of a no brainer to open in Franklin."


Photos by Betsey GooderSellers Signs, NCI and Scott with Macon Bank all conspired to replace the old Macon Bank sign with the new brand Entegra Bank. At left, Roger Plemens, president, says good bye to the old sign.

Officials with Entegra insist that they have not been “bought out” but are moving forward with a new name.

Entegra Bank has 11 branches in North Carolina from Murphy to Saluda and a corportate office in Franklin.

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